Chuck berry and the Gibson ES 350 guitar

$_57Most of the photographs you see of Chuck Berry, he has a Gibson ES 335 model guitar slung over his shoulder, while doing his famous “duck walk” dance.   However one of my favorite photos of Mr. Berry was one that graced the cover of Smithsonian Magazine.  In that photo Chuck strikes his famous pose with a beautiful flamed maple topped Gibson ES 350T.   The ES 350  was put into production by Gibson in the late ’40s through the mid ’50s.  Essentially a modified earlier version ES 300.  Continue reading Chuck berry and the Gibson ES 350 guitar

Addition Studio and Tinfoil Rose Band CD “Between Here & Somewhere”

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A new release from Jim Schmitt and the Tinfoil Rose Band has passed through the mastering equipment at The Addition Studio.  Jim is a veteran musician, songwriter,  and performer residing in Morris County, New Jersey, with early musical roots fronting rock bands in and around the “Jersey Shore” coastal regions of Asbury Park . Continue reading Addition Studio and Tinfoil Rose Band CD “Between Here & Somewhere”

You can pick your friends but…

P1020573Ok, I know many have heard this old chestnut:
A tourist is wandering around New York City when he stops and asks the store owner who is opening up shop for the day,” Do you know how I get to Carnegie Hall?  The busy shop owner hardly pauses to think about the question just asked to him and says “Yeah, practice, practice, practice!”

So what do I find as important as that obvious tip for improving technique for many guitar and mandolin players?  You’re looking at it.

The plectrum (or lowly “pick” )  can have a huge effect on one’s Continue reading You can pick your friends but…

Addition Studio working with Roy Hurd Adirondack folk singer

roystudiob2smallThe Addition Studio will be recording mandolin tracks for Roy Hurd’s new CD, slated to be finished in the spring of 2017.

I have had the pleasure of working with and accompanying Roy Hurd on mandolin for the last year and a half.  Roy’s music has been the heart and soul of the Adirondack folk music scene for decades.  Holding a staff writing position for both Sony Music and Warner/Chappell, Roy wrote and contributed songs to artists such as Continue reading Addition Studio working with Roy Hurd Adirondack folk singer

Rick Davies’ Latin Funk Thugtet CD update

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I am happy to report that all the artists involved with the late Rick Davies’ Latin Funk Thugtet CD project have finished recording their tracks at The Addition Studio this past week.  It’s been a long road, but the studio has seen Herm Matlock, Corey Marsico, Ray Vega, Wayne Davison, Michael Lewandowski, and Alex Stewart performing solos and multiple horn parts for the heads to all eight original songs…….. Continue reading Rick Davies’ Latin Funk Thugtet CD update